St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale
McAuslan Brewing

St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat AleSt-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale
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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #215
ABV:
5%
Score:
83
Ranked #37,843
Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 13.35%
Reviews:
226
Ratings:
474
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McAuslan Brewing
 
Quebec, Canada
Avail:
Year-round
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83
Good
St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat AleSt-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale
Notes: Natural apricot flavour is married to barley and wheat malts to give St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale its uniquely delicious, subtly sweet taste. A natural, delightfully refreshing choice for adventurous palates that appreciate a light ale with a playful twist.
Reviews: 226 | Ratings: 474
Photo of JOaikido
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated best before 31 december 2006 on back label.

A- Good head with small bubbles. Sticks to the glass. Nice clear amber gold colour.

S- Apricot and not much else, but it's really nice and appetizing.

T- Strong flavour of hops on start that settles down into mild bitter aftertaste. Alcohol noticeable on finish. Some acidity and apricot is noticeable but doesn't match the aroma.

MF- Light, decent but a bit on the watery side. Easy to take but lacking anuthing extra.

D- Light, easy to drink. Good warm weather beer. Good thirst quencher.

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Photo of dherling
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Father Rob for bringing this back for me from his recent trip to Montreal. The beer pours a nice bright bronze color, and smells of the apricot it's named after. Oh, it's in there, baby. If you're looking for a No. 9 clone, look away. The wheat gives this a really nice sour refreshing characteristic that's bellied by the sweetness of the apricot. There are hops present, but not dominant here. During a night of seven beers, this one stood out as something I'd like to have again.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was quite hesitant to try McAuslan's Apricot Wheat Ale after a bad experience with another fruit beer - Kawartha Lakes' Raspberry Wheat, an atrocious brew with a wholly unpleasant, saccharine raspberry-syrup taste; curiosity eventually won out, however, and I grabbed a six-pack of this ale on the premise that I haven't been displeased with any beer brewed by McAuslan before - they're surely up there on the list of top Canadian breweries (along with Unibroue and Wellington). Ultimately, the Apricot Wheat Ale didn't dissapoint - it's a pleasant surprise, an excellent brew, though certainly not McAuslan's best.

The Apricot Ale pours from an industry standard bottle into my glass an unusual almost bronze/orange/copper colour, perhaps a result of the addition of apricots to the brew? It's topped by a solid two fingers of head that lasts for several minutes before dissapating to a ring, but complimented by some very heavy lacing on the glass.

Smell is absolutely heavenly. Obviously, apricots dominate the nose, but not in a cloying manner. They're complimented by some peach and apple (?) notes, with a certain creaminess. There's a wheat-y backbone, and some bubblegum notes, and a very, very faint hoppiness behind that.

The taste, though respectable, pales in comparison to the smell. Surprisingly, the apricot is nearly undetectable on the tastebuds, aside from an ever-so-slight, almost non-descript fruitiness. There's a certain tanginess, also a bit of a tart-taste, but also surprisingly dry. Definitely some wheat-y notes, and an ever so subtle hoppiness that's barely detectable. Surprisingly, slightly bitter on the finish, but also leaving a faint taste of apricots. The brew wins points for not overemphasizing the apricot to the point where the brew is almost unrecognizable as beer (a la KLB's Raspberry Wheat), but loses points for the fact that the taste is rather non-descript. In fact, I could have used just a tad bit more apricot flavour - without it, the heavenly nose just feels like cheating.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Proper carbonation and a nice moderate body make this a pleasant brew to inbibe - very refreshing on a hot day, which also makes it highly drinkable. I'd probably limit myself to two in one sitting (just a tad too tart for heavy consumption), but those drinks would go down excellently.

McAuslan's Apricot Wheat Ale is, all and all, a respectable brew. Enjoyable, and an interesting, novel combination. Certainly worth a drink, and I know I'll be picking up a six-pack every now and then.

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Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml brown bottle with same green and orange label as in the picture. Picked it up the first time I saw this one in Calgary stores.
Pours out a dark golden orangish color, thick creamy white head, leaves some nice lacing. Lots of fruity aromas, obviously there is apricot, but also peaches, oranges, melon. Just enough grain and grass to keep it from being to one dimensional. The flavour is full of sweet apricots, but also is well balanced by the wheat beer base. Full fruity finish with just enough bitter tartness that keep it from being too sweet and sugary. Full bodied, keeps you drinking slowly and enjoying each sip. Very well done, another winner from St. Ambroise/McAuslan. Right on par with Alleykat Aprikat.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decent, interesting offering from McAuslan. Light amber, cloudy with a nice whtie head. Colour seems a little off for a wheat beer, but this could be from the apricots.

Tart smell. Wheat malt, tart apricot scents. I can't find any hops in there. Sweet-tart fruit taste, with the light presence of wheat.

Good mouthfeel with an interesting taste. A times a bit too sweet, and it goes kind of funny when it gets warm. Enjoyable, especially on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Mindsquall
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle is a little past it's prime, (exp. 02/28/06) but i'll give it a try anyway.

This poured into my tulip with a thick, quick forming head. Smell is some elements of a Hefe Weizen with hints of Apricot, pretty good so far.

Taste is quite refreshing. Definitely wheat malt in there with a slightly fruity aftertaste. The fruit in this is no so pronounced as to make this not taste like beer.

Pretty easy going down for the most part, but near the end it can get a bit rancid. But if you keep it cold, this definitely makes for a good summer beer.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Recently available in 6 packs here in Alberta now, and a great treat to see.

Pours out a deep reddish gold, capped by a thick creamy white head, along with sticky lacing. I'm really enjoying the aroma, sweet ripe orchard smells, I'm picking up arpricot, peach, orange and even a touch of papaya. A small touch of grain can be deciphered through the abundant fruit. The flavour is a bit more balanced, predominant sweet apricot with the tartness of the wheat keeping it from getting too far out of control. Tart fruity finish and aftertaste. A full mouthfeel for a fruit beer, a satisfying roll over the palate, not something you'd want to slam back on a hot day on a patio (more like sip on the patio under the sun). I'll be picking more of this up, but have realized that only two bottles at a time is my limit with this stuff, the tartness of the wheat starts to disagree with me by that point.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty beer with a slight orange tint to the gold. The nose is fruity and fresh. The taste is light and finishes dry with apricots used sparingly. This is less apricotish than Pyramid's version but the finish is better with a lighter touch on the balance. I hope this shows up in the summer in its own six pack as it is only available in BC in a mixed gift pack available for Xmas.

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Photo of Beersignal
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My wife's favourite summer ale, that she didn't get to partake in due to the pending arrival of our daughter. She'll surely catch up a little next summer.

With a little encouragement this brew pours a golden, crystal clear apricot hue with a creamy off white cap of foam fed by a sparkling but fine and steady bead. Makes my mouth water.

The aromas are all fruitiness up front, and not just apricot. Notes of ripe oranges and pears do surface prominently as does a tangy juicy wave of jujube candy near the middle. The finish is chalky but mild.

Flavours are also fruity and juicy of course but with a refreshing tang from the wheat, and they envelop well the tastebuds. Dry alkaline mouthfeel quenches thoroughly and leaves just enough space for a whisper of hoppy bitterness to finish.

This is well balanced and refreshing certainly making it a valuable summer thirst breaker for days at the beach or just before dinner as an apéritif. Maybe not their most outstanding brew but very godd nonetheless.

Santé

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Photo of Viggo
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear amber with a big pillowy white head head, laces very well. Smells strongly of apricots, thats about all I get out of it, but its a pleasant smell. Taste is quite fruity, but with a bitter finish, leaves the taste of apricots in your mouth. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, with a lot of carbonation. The drinkability is good, I can drink a whole lot of these and enjoy them.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brought to me by my upstairs neighbors Sabrina and Joel. Thanks!
The beer pours a tawny golden color, fairly clear, capped by a thick white head. Good head retention, with spattered blobs of lace. Holds at least collar throughout. The aroma is mainly a combination of wheat and apricot tang, the two sour elements working well together. The flavor opens with softened wheat maltiness, somewhat bland with a powdery mouthfeel. Some grassy, haylike notes in the middle, with a present apricot flavor throughout. The finish displays little in the way of hops, but some pleasant sourness from both the malt and apricot. A bit of bready yeast. Apricot flavor in the end, finishing rather dry. Crisp, high carbonation. I could stand for the beer to be unfiltered, but that's pretty much my only complaint. Not a particularly complicated beer, but it does offer something a bit more interesting than your run of the mill fruity wheat beer. A nice beer to have when you'd like to relax, especially on a hot day.

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Photo of DrJay
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium amber/yellow colour with a slight haze. Big fluffy white head reduced to a thin lace after a couple of minutes, but left some foam on the sides of the glass on the way down. The aroma was completely dominated by apricot, which I guess is what you're looking for with this beer. Some sweetness in the flavour and bitterness that shows up towards the finish keep the apricot (slightly) in check. There's also a bit of graininess. Slightly tart to end, and the finish is moderately long and dry. A bit more balance would be good. Light body and medium/high carbonation. Very smooth texture without any coarse CO2 character.

The apricot flavour/aroma is a little too strong for my tastes and I couldn't see myself having more than one in a sitting. Not bad, though the aroma didn't impress me as much as the draft version.

341 mL brown bottle with best before date punched into the side of the front label.

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Photo of Barraclou
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am not really a fan of wheat beers, but I like this one. Apricots add a lovely fruity taste completing well the wheat. I like its dark golden color (remembering apricots color). This beer had a good quality taste and a very nice mouthfeel. I see a serious personnality. It may considered as a novelty beer, but it is easy to drink. I don't think that I will drink it until being wasted, but one or two in a small pub or lounge or after a dinner is something I will redo for sure. Also, it may be an excellent beer alternative for your friend and family drinking wine coolers and that kind of refined sugar.

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Photo of chunkylover53
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely orange colour with almost no head and absolutely no lacing.

Smells like Apricot and not much else. The same can be said for the taste, although it does have a bit of a wheaty finish. Which isn't particularly surprising, all things considered.

Not an astounding beer, by any means, but if you like apricots (which I do) then you'll probably dig this one. It's a good beer for a lazy summer day and goes well with a hot tub.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had some of this at the Thomas Dunn pub in Quebec City. This is a creamy looking dark golden colour with a nice, big, white head. The aroma is of fresh apricots, and wheat, with a bit of maltyness in the mix as well. The taste is fruity up front with a nice bready middle and a cool wheaty finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and right and the drinkability is good as well. A solid, well done fruit beer, all around...

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
1.91/5  rDev -48%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a nice looking rusty orange color with no lacing and a wimpy head. The Aroma is entirely of sweet and tart apricot extract. The taste is of different fruits, mostly apricot with some peach, banana and citrus notes. Hops and malts are barely noticeable. It tastes like a mixed fruit yogurt thanks to the tartness contributed by the yeast. After a few sips it became almost overpowering. This beer is way too one dimensional and dominated by sweet sweet fruits. Way too sweet, there should be more tartness and hops to balance.

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Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear yellow. Apricot aroma and distinct apricot and other fruit taste in the wheat. Not a bad wheat beer, crisp.. Malty sweet but not too sweet like Dennison. Refreshing. Touch of sour aftertaste, and not too dry. Another good one from this brewery, but wouldn't buy too much of it.

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Photo of Rastacouere
2.54/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

What so many others said. It seems like it's made from a concentrated apricot syrup mixed with water and other ingredients. Not too pleasant for me on the taste aspect nor the appearance one. Perhaps people who are fanatics of fruit beers and apricot flavors could appreciate, but damn this is sweet

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Photo of ManekiNeko
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear pale yellow with a hint of orange. Topped by a short lived white head that leaves no traces of lacing.

Smell: Jolly Rancher-esque apricot smell, but not overly cloying. Still, I'd prefer a more organic fruit aroma.

Taste: Sweet, wheat cereal flavor with a light taste of fruit on the finish. The chemical nature of the nose does not follow through on the taste, thank god.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and light-bodied. Quite refreshing.

Drinkability: Is Quebec the only source of non-lager beers in Canada? Anyhoot, an above average fruit beer. My usual experience with these sorts of beers is artificial fruit flavors followed by a stale wheat macro "beery" taste. This was not the case here. I'd gladly try again.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I really do not enjoy many of the fruit beers, but this one is an exception, and I would drink it again.
It arrived a dark golden with redish highlights and a limited head.
What crown their was took the form of a nice glass ring with a minor cling.
The nose was very sharp and rich of apricots.
Body was a medium and carbonation was short.Taste was sweet and extremely fruity but not overpowering.
I believe this would be a nice brew to dine on.

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Photo of TerryW
2.92/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured up a white head that very quickly disappeared. No lacing. Clear gold colour suited to apricot fruit. Sweetish smell of apricots - I can't really detect much of anything else. Same for the taste. Gentle carbonation. Apricots dominate, bit of a stretch to figure this as beer. No meaningful beer flavours.

You could get away with serving this up to someone who isn't a big beer fan, but is looking for something cold and summery to drink. Sorry but just not in the same league as some of the other fruit beers I've tried.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pourred a small head that disapeared quickly as with all fruit beer. Smell of apricot is very present and very refreshing (if you like apricot that is). I'm not sure about a natural essence of apricot flavor as per their commercial description, seems more to me that they are using some apricot syrup not entirely natural. Nice golden colour (very appropriate)perfect for those got summer days. The only negative comments is the final bitter taste that doesn't match the sweetness of the apricot...

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Photo of kbub6f
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at Marché du Boisé (boul. des Forges, T-R), 6/11/03, a couple of days in the fridge.

There's a big, cream-colored head. It's coarse around the edges, but quite dense in the middle. A crusty collapse leaves thin, lacy lacing plus spots. The liquid half is slightly hazy and amber with a deep orangey character (apricot color? Yes). Holy apricots, Batman. The fruit is strong, sweet, sugary, letting nothing else through to the nose. Sweet apricots dominate the front, but here there are some grains and a touch of spice (pepper, maybe). Mmm. The middle is buttery, creamy, malty. Plus apricots. Grains in the finish are almost overshadowed by a taste that can only be described as: apricots.

Ok, then. It's not subtle. It's good, obviously a high quality beer, but a touch overstated for my tastes.

... It is growing on me, though...

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.37/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The body is an appropriate peachy gold - or should I say 'apricot'? It's slightly hazy and the head dwindles shortly, but it's easily brought back by simply swirling the glass. The bouquet is quite enticing. The apricot extract appears surprisingly natural - very much like a ripe and juicy apricot! The body is light and combines with a very fine and moderate carbonation to form a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is a superb blend of gently sweet malt and soft apricot flavor. It finishes with a short-lived, mild and softly sweet fruit note. It's quite delicate with alot of finesse and a good drinkability. The fruitiness is very nicely balanced; adding a great deal of character but never overwhelming the palate. Without question, the best apricot ale that I've ever had. It's very wine-like in many ways, and would make a great apertif. Soft and refreshing. Definitely worth trying for those that enjoy fruit beers.

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Photo of Popsinc
4.44/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One sniff of McAuslan Apricot Wheat and i jumped back....with a smile. The strong, yet not overwhelming nose convinced me that i was standing in a grand field surrounded by fresh, ripe apricot. And after the first sip, wow, i was very suprised that apricot did not overpower my taste buds. Initial hints of apricot quickly mellowed and the finish was both very smooth and refreshing. I could not think of a better summer beer than this.

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St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale from McAuslan Brewing
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 474 ratings